‘Value of KDC substantial’

2015-10-14 06:00
THE Kimberley Diamond Cup ensured nail-biting action this weekend. The finals of the street world championships saw Nyjah Huston walk away with the grand prize of $100?000. He is flanked by John Maloof (in the red), the founder of the Maloof Money Cu

THE Kimberley Diamond Cup ensured nail-biting action this weekend. The finals of the street world championships saw Nyjah Huston walk away with the grand prize of $100?000. He is flanked by John Maloof (in the red), the founder of the Maloof Money Cu

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“WHATEVER money is spent on the Kimberley Diamond Cup does not compare to the value that the event brings to the country.”

These were the words of John Block, the MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, in resonse to questions raised by the DA on the value-for-money aspect of the Kimberley Diamond Cup (KDC).

The DA has made various attempts to gauge how the economic benefits reaped from the event compare with the hundreds of millions of rands invested in it by government.

The skateboarding world championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup, presented by Kumba Iron Ore, was hosted from Wednesday (07/10) to Saturday (10/10) at the world-class Kumba Skate Plaza.

It included the South African women’s street and South African vert championships. The competition saw Johannesburg skater Kelly Murray lifting the trophy for the second year running, with Kimberley locals Boipelo Awuah and Natalie Bramley placing second and third respectively.

The event saw national and international skaters flocking to Kimberley, proving to many that Kimberley has been the anchor of skateboarding over the past five years.

Block expressed his wish for the Northern Cape economy to grow along with local skateboarding champions to be included in the 2022 Olympic games.

Block elaborated on the beauty of uniting children of all ages and the integration of all society in skateboarding.

“It teaches the children that, no matter how hard they fall, they must always rise – it is the life lesson in skateboarding. We are an emerging skateboarding country. In 2022 we want local skaters to bring home gold, silver and bronze when they participate in skateboarding in the Olympics.”

Block mentioned his wish to get public broadcasters to cover this event, because it is now part of African culture and is covered internationally by SuperSport

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